Player Diary: Ashlan Ramsey (Part 17)
Saturday, March 15, 2014
So much has happened over the past few weeks, I don't even know where to begin. I'll start with our team getting the news that we are ranked top 10 in the country! It's exciting news but we are working hard and will continue to improve. Being a first year program with six freshman, we have surprised a lot of people. That is why I came to Clemson. To be part of something special and I think we are on our way.
I got a call a few weeks ago with a invitation to the Kraft Nabisco. The hard part was not being able to tell anybody until the official announcement this week. I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to play again this year. Last year was special because it was my first LPGA event and this year will be even better because my dad will be on the bag. He has caddied for me in junior and amateur events, but this is an opportunity for us to check off another item on both of our bucket lists. Since my mom will be working, it will just be the two of us for a week in Rancho Mirage.
After team work outs on Wednesday, my heart felt like it actually stopped when I saw that I had missed a call from USGA. I knew it was either going to be really great news or I was about to be devastated, again. So, I took a deep breath-tried to prepare myself, thinking positive thoughts and praying for the best, I returned the call. However, flashes of a similar call that changed my life about 18 months ago, were hard to dismiss. Trying hard to convince myself that getting passed over for the Junior Ryder Cup in 2012 was no big deal. The truth is that it was the worst feeling I've ever felt about anything golf related. After getting the bad news from the Junior PGA, my dad told me to learn something from it. He told me to work hard and play so well that the next time a team is chosen there will be no doubt that I had done everything in my power to make the team. That single event has driven me everyday since to work towards making the Curtis Cup Team. I have spent the last 18 months playing in the top amateur events and sacrificing social time to practice even harder than ever before. So, when Mr. Burton told me I had made the team, I broke down and cried. It was hard for me to even talk to him because I was just so overwhelmed with the joy and relief that the hard work and sacrifices made had all been worth it. Being a member of the Curtis Cup Team and it's history is such a honor. I am thankful for the opportunity to represent the United States of America and want to congratulate all of my Curtis Cup teammates.
With all the excitement this week, spring break is coming at the perfect time. I am taking a few days off to relax at the beach with my teammates so we can recharge for the rest of our spring schedule.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” - John R. Wooden